Non-Jet Commercial Pilots in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little more than half of Non-Jet Commercial Pilots. Salaries average out to around $61K per year and spread from $27K to $103K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and approximately one-half receive dental plans. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,463 - $102,129
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MEDIAN: $60,740
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$27,463 - $102,129  
   
Bonus
$1,700  
Total Pay (?
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$26,896 - $102,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.00  
   
Overtime
$29.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,700  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,896 - $102,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Commercial Pilot, Non-Jet

Non-jet commercial pilots often work for corporations and wealthy individuals and must have the FAA Commercial License with Instrument Rating and First Class medical, as well as a certain number of total flight hours and the FCC-restricted radiotelephone operator permit. Strong communication skills are essential in this position to work well with others, and pre-flight inspections are usually necessary to ensure that navigation, safety, and operating systems are working properly. They also check regular maintenance logs and must be able to recognize mechanical discrepancies and report airplane problems and other issues to the appropriate department. These pilots must maintain navigation manuals and charts and complete checklists properly, and preparing the weight and balance forms for each flight is also part of the job.

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Commercial Pilot, Non-Jet Tasks

  • Devising a flight plan.
  • Pilot or copilot a wide variety of aircraft.
  • Check current and forecast weather information.
  • Obtain proper clearances to begin flight.

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Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Pilot, Non-Jet

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Non-Jet Commercial Pilots generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Non-Jet Commercial Pilots make a median salary of $70K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $72K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Commercial Pilot, Non-Jet Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Entry-Level
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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